Celebration of the Outdoors!

bailey-boys Saturday, October15th

Come up to the forest for a day of workshops, guided hikes, rock climbing lessons, a Used Gear Sale and more!  Check out the schedule below:

ALL DAY ACTIVITES Blue Bird Box Builders Rob Bailey and Sons:  Join Master Naturalist Rob Bailey and his sons from Rising Sun Construction to build a beautiful bird house for your backyard!  Children of all ages welcome. No experience with woodworking needed.  Pavilion 2.  10 to 3pm.  Try Rock Climbing Coopers Rock Climbing Guides Josh Armstrong The Coopers Rock Climbing Guides will be offering free climbing and rappelling at Roadside Rocks from noon to 3pm. Anybody interested will check in and get gear at Pavilion 1, where they'll be given some basic instructions and directions. Our guides will be waiting at the rocks to help people as they arrive. You can arrive anytime between noon and 2 Used Gear Sale Gently used gear such as tents, canoes, camping gear, cross-country skis, snow shoes, camping equipment, and much more.  A percentage of each sale goes to help the forest. Cash or check. Pavilion 1. T-Shirt Making Kristi Truban Take the forest home…on a t-shirt designed by you. Leaf prints, animal track prints, flowers and more. T-shirts, paint, block prints are provided. 10-3 Pavilion  2. Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia (ACCA) Learn all about how to protect our wild bird neighbors with the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia. They have fun and educational activities as well as a wild bird presentation at 11am in Pavilion 2. MUSIC Players will be celebrating the outdoors with music so stop by and listen and enjoy! 11-1 On walkway between Pavilions Historic CCC Picnic Fireplace Cooking Demonstration: Come see a CRF project come to fruition!  The CCC fireplaces, restored by Cooper's Rock Foundation funds, will be featured in a cast-iron cooking demo.  Five fireplaces, manned by foundation members and board members, will be in use and will feature cooking demos.  Watch the fireplaces in action and sample the delicious results!  Hot dogs, Mountain Pies, and hot and cold Apple Cider and other cold drinks and chips available as the supply lasts! Guided Hikes Nature Hike with Dee Fulton,Master Naturalist Join Dee Fulton, Foundation Board member and Master Naturalist on an early morning hike on the newest trail on the south side of the forest and listen and look for birds and everything wild that October has to offer. Hike begins at 1pm. Meet at the Registration desk. Hike along the Roadside Trail Aaron Vedock is a true enthusiast of Cooper Rock and is an outing leader for both the Foundation and the Sierra Club. Join him for a short hike (3-4 miles) along the Roadside Trail. 11am Cool Spots Hikes Adam Polinski Cool Spots Hike, Shorter But Steeper Version This new cool spots circuit has only a little overlap with the past several years’ Cool Spots Hikes. This year’s focus is on the side of the canyon wall. We’ll hike down to Haystack Rock and a little bit farther (250’ in elevation below the Overlook Parking Lot), and both upstream and downstream from Haystack as well. We’ll see big trees and big rocks, and we’ll also look for old, abandoned segments of CCC-constructed trails from 75 years ago still intact on the steep canyon side after many decades. We’ll seek out and traverse some of the very steepest terrain at Coopers Rock this side of technical rock climbing. Wear footwear appropriate for very challenging terrain. Morning Session: 10 am 90 minutes Afternoon Session (same route): 1pm 90 minutes Group Size Limit: 12 per hike